Originally published on 1Sun4All.
Fans of Solar Impulse 2, the news is out! The first ever Round-The-World solar flight official global route has been announced by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, the Swiss co-founders and pilots of Solar Impulse 2 (Si2), in Abu Dhabi today, January 20, 2014.
Solar Impulse 2 Airplane is out for the first on the runway of Al Bateen airport! Meet Bruno & Marie and discover what the purpose of the test today was. This week, Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2015 hosted by Masdar begins. | Credit: SOLAR IMPULSE
The Solar Impulse team says that the first solar-powered plane able to fly day and night will land in 12 locations across the world, spanning approximately 25 flight days, spread over 5 months and travel 35,000 kilometers in the first attempt to fly around the globe without using a drop of fuel.
Si2 will take-off from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, in late February or early March and return by late July or early August 2015. The route includes stops in Muscat, Oman; Ahmedabad and Varanasi, India; Mandalay, Myanmar; and Chongqing and Nanjing, China. After crossing the Pacific Ocean via Hawaii, Si2 will fly across the Continental U.S.A. stopping in three locations – Phoenix, and New York City at JFK. A location in the Midwest will be decided dependent on weather conditions. After crossing the Atlantic, the final legs include a stop-over in Southern Europe or North Africa before arriving back in Abu Dhabi.
First outing in Abu Dhabi of #Si2 | Solar Impulse | Ackermann | Rezo
With our attempt to complete the first solar powered round-the-world flight, we want to demonstrate that clean technology and renewable energy can achieve the impossible. We want youth, leaders, organizations and policymakers to understand that what Solar Impulse can achieve in the air, everyone can accomplish here on the ground in their everyday lives. Renewable energy can become an integral part of our lives, and together, we can help save our planet’s natural resources. –Bertrand Piccard, initiator and chairman of Solar Impulse.
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